After France froze assets of Jaish-e-Muhammed chief Masood Azhar, Germany has come forward in support of listing Azhar as an international terrorist.
Talking to ANI, German embassy spokesperson Hans Christian Winkler confirmed, “There is a discussion going on in the European Union on the listing of Masood Azhar as a terrorist, Germany is approaching it very positively in close coordination with France.”
“Final decision on security and foreign policy can only be taken once all members of the EU agree to it,” he added.
The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC was moved by France, the UK and the US, in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. JeM had claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.
China recently put a technical hold on the listing of Masood Azhar at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a fourth time, despite the support of 14 of 15 members in favour of listing. However, this does not bind the European Union from not listing Masood Azhar.